Disney World is known for its magic and whimsy. What it’s less known for, though, is all the bizarre stuff that takes place there. Through the years, some pretty weird occurrences have happened at Walt Disney World. From baby smuggling to Tigger punching a 14-year-old in the face, here’s some of the strangest stuff to ever happen at Walt Disney World:
1. A couple tried to smuggle a baby onto Space Mountain
According to Disney Fanatic, a couple was in line to ride Space Mountain when their duffel bag started making noise. A cast member inquired about the bag, but the couple refused to open it. The cast member called security who took the bag to inspect it, and found a six-month-old baby inside. Sorry, baby, you have to be at least 44 inches to ride this ride.
2. People try to spread their loved ones’ ashes in the Haunted Mansion
It’s not uncommon for people to try to give their loved ones one last eternal ride on Disney’s Haunted Mansion, says the LA Times. At both Walt Disney World and California’s Disneyland, park employees have caught people trying to spread their deceased’s ashes on one of the park’s most iconic rides. Unfortunately for the families, mourners almost always get caught, causing the ride to shut down temporarily for an emergency ash-clean up.
3. Tarzan saved a boy from drowning
Former cast member Chris Mitchell wrote about Disney World’s heroic Tarzan in his memoir, Cast Member Confidential. The book tells of a young boy falling into the Tom Sawyer Island lagoon. Who jumps in to save the day? The one and only Tarzan. The Tarzan cast member didn’t even break character as he was saving the boy. “Keep boy safe… Tarzan very brave. But everybody can be hero,” he told the boy’s mother as he returned her child safe and sound.
4. Someone found a loaded gun on DINOSAUR
A Disney World patron along with her grandson were enjoying the DINOSAUR ride in Animal Kingdom when they noticed something on the ground. To their shock, it was a loaded gun. The grandmother turned the weapon over to a Disney attendant who reported it to her supervisor.
The gun belonged to another park patron, Angelo Lista, who didn’t know that you aren’t supposed to bring loaded weaponry into Disney parks. Needless to say, Lista was escorted out of the park and asked not to return.
5. A husband made a bizarre announcement at Cinderella’s castle
“I was working in the kitchen at Cinderella’s castle when this family of four came in for dinner. About half way through the dinner, the husband politely stands up and taps his glass for attention. He announced that his wife of 15 years had been cheating on him for over a year. The entire place stood still in shock. He motioned for his kids, paid the waitress and left the wife crying at the table,” a former Disney worker told People.
6. President Nixon gave his “I am not a crook” speech at Disney World
Former President Nixon was a huge Disney fan. So much so that whenever he landed at the airport, the Disneyland band would greet him with Hail to the Chief. He was such a big Disney fan that he even gave one of his more famous speeches at Disney World — his infamous “I am not a crook” speech. In 1973, he responded to the growing negative allegations against him as president to 400 reporters at Walt Disney World Florida.
7. Tigger punched a teenager in the face
In January 2007, a family from New Hampshire took a photo with Tigger in Disney-MGM studios (what is Disney’s Hollywood Studios today). At some point during the meet-and-greet, Tigger supposedly punched the 14-year-old son in the face. The family did not threaten legal action, but they did want a formal apology from Tigger. However, footage of the incident suggests that the 14-year-old boy may have been messing with Tigger’s costume and the “punch” was just Tigger trying to defend himself.
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